Building solid relationships between construction project managers and subcontractors is foundational to delivering a successful construction project. To put it more simply, a good relationship has the power to make or break a project. This statement is especially true, considering that the contribution of subcontractors to the construction process can account for as much as 90% or more of the total value of a construction project.
Forging strong relationships with construction project managers and subcontractors can also be an essential differentiator for general contractors in a highly competitive construction market. Building and maintaining relationships with subcontractors improves job performance, increasing the probability that the project will be delivered on time and within budget – project success metrics that go a long way toward enhancing a GC’s reputation.
Construction remains one of the most heavily regulated industries, with a need to maintain compliance at all times. Beyond the contractual and subcontractor agreements with construction project managers, project owners, subcontractors, and general contractors need to consistently keep tabs on building codes, insurance, bonding requirements, credit, and background checks, prevailing wage and union payroll requirements, lien requirements, and a plethora of safety regulations and much more.
The complexity of construction projects today creates an imperative for streamlining workflows, making communication more efficient, and increasing real-time access to critical documents and transactions – all factors that can fuel a successful partnership between general contractors and their subcontractors.
Here are three ways subcontractors help project workflows!
Speed up the completion of large projects.
Subcontractors provide the additional workforce to the main project team, so the work gets done faster. Simple as that. With many subcontractors having different specialties, GCs who hire the right subcontractors for those specialties can complete a project more efficiently and with quality.
Subcontracting is often more cost-efficient than hiring new crew members. Employees of a construction company are usually given salary and benefits, while subcontractors are hired as a third party and work on a budget agreed upon with the general contractor. Subcontractors help eliminate the risk of hiring laborers who might not have complete knowledge or skills doing construction jobs.
Provide cost-efficient solutions to lack of labor.
Provide specialized knowledge.
General contractors aren’t experts in everything. They need the advice of experts in a field they aren’t familiar with. This makes problem-solving much faster. Mechanical engineers, for instance, are the best people to tap for HVAC, elevators, and escalator concerns. Electrical engineers are best at solving electrical design issues. Meanwhile, masons are best at giving insights on proper walling and bricklaying inquiries.
With how much subcontractors help project workflows, it’s best to have great relationships with them to complete projects on time and with quality. Having qualified and efficient subcontractors increase general contractors’ competitiveness in the business. With them, construction businesses can improve their credibility, which often results in winning more projects. Likewise, subcontractors need projects from general contractors so they can make their business more profitable faster.